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Desserts Around the World

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Paris has its macarons, and New York City its cupcakes. Many countries have their special desserts they love to share with their guests
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467 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019, USA
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They say that you cannot judge a book by its cover, but can you judge a cupcake by its frosting? Cupcake Cafe in New York offers what may well be the richest cupcake one can experience: the frosting is smooth and buttery and the cake itself is...
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16 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France
Even after six years in Paris, I still find myself overwhelmed by the heaps of flaky pastries and dainty, multi-layer desserts that line bakery windows. These local joints on each block reel in passersby with the potent scent of butter and...
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Granada, Spain
You can't visit Granada without seeing the Alhambra and you can't leaveSpain without first having some churros con chocolate! This fried snack is delicious dipped in a whole cup of decadent chocolate--which is fine, because I'm pretty sure...
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22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
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Best doughnuts ever! Really. The cultish doughnut shop in the city of Portland is a must-eat. It's really gained some fame over the past few years since appearing on TV, so expect a 25-50 minute wait. And make sure to bring others so that you can...
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35114 Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes, France
Any meal in the restaurant at Chateau Richeux is a culinary delight, but the real magic begins when they pull out the dessert cart. Chef Olivier Roellinger feels that you should never stop being a kid and you can have whatever you want, as much as...
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Marrakesh, Morocco
While in Marrakech we took a four hour cooking class at a beautiful Riad just outside the old town center. The five of us spent the afternoon touring the spice markets, learning about traditional foods, and cooking a huge feast. My favorite part...
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Edenburg, Sandton, 2128, South Africa
I've had countless creme brûlée's in France, but none like this one in the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton, served over dry ice. It was perfect to keep the bottom custard and berries nice and cold to contrast with the torched top.
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123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
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It often seems there are as many cupcake shops in NYC, as there are hipsters. Everyone has a favorite. Butter Lane on East 7th (and now in Park Slope also on Seventh) is one of mine. They don't have the most inventive flavors in the world, though...
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Rıhtım Cad. Katlı Otopark Altı No: 3-4 Karaköy, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
While in Turkey I enjoyed traditional desserts like baklava, but I learned to eat them in an nontraditional way. Did you know there was baklava etiquette in Istanbul? My friend Fatih took me to Karaköy Güllüoğlu, the famous baklava sweet shop in...
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292, Carrer del Consell de Cent, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Make sure to sample some hot drinking chocolate in Barcelona. I chose a mug from Cacao Sampaka, a gourmet chocolate shop where you'll find all sorts of delightful dessert concoctions. The rich, velvety drink is nothing like American hot chocolate....
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1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
If you guess this to be an explosion of delicious sweetness in the form of tiramisu cloaked in milk chocolate, then you're right. No, it didn't come from a countryside baker in Italy, but rather aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Touristy as it...
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189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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Pastry chef Dominique Ansel loves the classic croissant so much that he revived the lesser known Brittany pastry, the Kouign Amann, in his SoHo bakery. The Kouign Amann is made out of a croissant-like dough with the addition of sugar. One bite and...